The 2011 Oscar nominations are in, and as usual there are a few pleasant surprises and disappointments. The King’s Speech leads the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards with 12, followed closely by True Grit with 10. Other favourites The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter and The Social Network are also heavily nominated.

My initial reaction is to notice that there is no Best Director nomination for  Christopher Nolan. I’m not shocked, just disappointed. It’s nice to See Rick Baker back among the nominees for his work on The Wolfman. Seriously who thought The Wolfman would be up for any Oscars?

It’s fantastic to see Irish short film The Crush nominated for Live Action Short. After the animated success of Granny O’Grimm and The Secret of Kells last year it’s important that Ireland be represented on the big night.

The 83rd Academy Awards take place in Hollywood on February 27th.

Anyway here’s the full list:

Best Picture

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg  – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale – The Fighter
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman- Black Swan
Michelle Williams- Blue Valentine

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Directing

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Cinematography

Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit


Documentary (Feature)

Exit through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

Documentary (Short Subject)

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Film Editing

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Foreign Language Film

Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

Makeup

Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

Music (Original Score)

John Powell – How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer – Inception
Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
A.R. Rahman – 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network

Music (Original Song)

Coming Home – Country Strong
I See the Light – Tangled
If I Rise – 127 Hours
We Belong Together – Toy Story 3

Short Film (Animated)

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

Short Film (Live Action)

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143


Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

Sound Mixing

Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy – 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
Michael Arndt – Toy Story 3
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Mike Leigh – Another Year
Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson – The Fighter
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler – The King’s Speech

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